Animal cruelty charges have been stayed against Stephanie Leigh Skinner, whose dog died after it was left in her car on a hot day nearly two years ago.
On July 23, 2018, Skinner allegedly left her Boston Terrier named Ava, in a vehicle without any windows rolled down for seven hours. The vehicle was parked in the 2700-block of Veterans Memorial Parkway in Langford.
When Skinner returned to the vehicle, her dog was dead. She was eventually charged with one count of causing an animal to continue to be in distress under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
However, BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) stayed the charges against Skinner earlier this year after learning that she had “successfully” completed a restorative justice program.
Skinner had been facing a maximum fine of $75,000, up to two years in jail, and a possible lifetime ban on owning animals.
BCPS told CHEK News on Tuesday that no further information would be provided.